I-Day Wishes Pour in From Across the World, PM Hails Nation’s Rise

Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik unfurled the national flag at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day on Thursday, 15 August and said that the identity of Kashmiris was “not on the line.”

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address touched upon a host of issues including the revocation of Article 370, implementation of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ andannounced a new post of Chief of Defence Staff, among others.

  • PM Modi said that the government has fulfilled the vision of Sardar Patel by revoking Article 370 and 35A
  • While announcing the implementation of ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ Modi said that the govt will ensure that drinking water reaches every house in the country
  • Speaking on population control, PM Modi said that there is a greater need for discussion and awareness on population explosion
  • He also stressed on population explosion, stating that controlling it is also a form of patriotism

Mohan Bhagwat Hails PM Modi in I-Day Speech

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 could be revoked because the entire society showed determination, and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and “willpower” for taking such a decision.

People say about the prime minister that 'woh hain to mumkin hai' (if he is there, everything is possible), which is “not wrong”:, Bhagwat said.

Even on the country's 73rd Independence Day, there is a belief that if people are determined, they "can make the impossible possible", he said.

Greeting people during the Independence Day celebrations at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters here in Maharashtra, he said, “Article 370 could be removed because the entire society made a resolution, so on this day we renew that resolve again.”

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh Celebrates I-Day in Kupwara

Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh celebrated Independence Day with troops in J&K’s Kupwara.

“For the past few days, there have been attempts by Pakistan to push in infiltrators. Such infiltration attempts have been supported by ceasefire violations. Indian Army is totally alert and we have been able to foil all such attempts,” he said while speaking to ANI.

BSF Exchanges Sweets at Bangladesh Border

Sweets were exchanged at India-Bangladesh border between Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) on the occasion of Independence Day.

I-Day Celebrated at Indian High Commission in Pakistan

Independence Day celebrations took place at the Indian High Commission in Pakistan. Chargé d'affaires Gaurav Ahluwalia unfurled the National Flag and read out the President's message.

Kovind, Rajnath Singh Pay Tribute at National War Memorial

President Ram Nath Kovind along with chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force paid tribute at National War Memorial on the occasion of IndiaIndependence Day. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present.

Sonia Gandhi Celebrates I-Day at AICC Headquarters

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, Dr Manmohan Singh and others greet interim party president Sonia Gandhi during Independence Day celebrations at party office.

J&K BJP President Dances at I-Day Celebrations

BJP Jammu & Kashmir President Ravinder Raina danced during IndependenceDay celebrations in Jammu.

Ajit Doval, Satya Pal malik at I-Day Celebrations in J&K

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik attended Independence Day celebrations at Sher-e-Kashmir stadium.

Mulayam Singh Yadav Unfurls National Flag at SP Office

Former UP CM Mulayam Singh Yadav unfurls the national flag at Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow.

Putin Writes to Modi, Sends Wishes on I-Day

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on 73rd Independence Day.

“Kindly accept cordial congratulations on the national day of the Republic of India, the Independence Day,” he said in the letter.

Ladakh Celebrates Independence Day

Owaisi Unfurls National Flag in Hyderabad

J&K Guv Styapal Malik Unfurls National Flag

Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik unfurls the national flag at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day.

"“I assure the people of Jammu & Kashmir that their identity is not on the line, it hasn’t been tampered with. The constitution of India allows different regional identities to flourish.”" - Satya Pal Malik, J&K Governor

Request Families to Take Vacations in India: PM Modi

"“I request all families who go for international vacations every year, to explore India first. Visit at least 15 tourist destinations in India.”" - PM Narendra Modi

'Time for Plastic-free India', Says PM Modi in I-Day Speech

Stressing on plastic-free India, PM Narendra Modi said a step in this direction will be taken on 2 October.

“Can we free India from single-use plastic? Time for implementing this idea is now. Let an important step in this direction be made on 2 October,” he said.

PM Modi Announces the Position of Chief of Defence Staff on I-Day

India to have Chief of Defence Staff to head all three forces – Army, Air Force and Navy – announces PM Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech.

World is Eager to Trade With India: PM Modi

PM Modi said that the world is eager to trade with India because the policy system is predictable and the government is stable.

"“Today, the Government in India is stable, policy system is predictable. World is eager to trade with India. We are working to keep prices under check and speed up development. The fundamentals of our economy are strong.”" - PM Narendra Modi

Govt to Invest Rs 100 Lakh Crore in Infrastructure

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his government will invest Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure in the next five years.

'Population Control a Form of Patriotism,' Says Modi

Stressing on population control, the prime minister said that overpopulation will create various problems for the country in coming years. He said that there was a need for social revolution to control population.

"“Population explosion in the country will create various problems for the coming generations. Those who follow the policy of small family also contribute to the development of the nation, it is also a form of patriotism.”"

He also added that ‘Ease of Living’ was the government’s top priority.

Water for All: Modi’s ‘Jal Jeevan’ Promise on Independence Day

“I am announcing from the Red Fort that we will go ahead with 'Jal Jeevan Mission' to ensure that drinking water reaches every house in the country,” said PM Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address.

We Have Liberated People of J&K, Says PM Modi in I-Day Speech

PM Modi talked about the effective revoking of Article 370 and the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of J&K by stating that it has resulted in “one nation, one constitution.”

"“The old system in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh led to corruption, nepotism but there was injustice when it came to rights of women, children, Dalits, tribal communities. The dreams of sanitation workers were incomplete. How can we accept this? We have liberated them.”" - PM Narendra Modi

When We Can Ban Sati, Why Not Triple Talaq: PM Modi

Touching upon the criminalising the Triple Talaq practice, PM Modi said that when government can ban Sati, why not this.

"“Remember how scared Muslim women were, those who suffered due to practice of Triple Talaq, but we ended that. When Islamic nations can ban it then why can’t we? When we can ban Sati, when we can take strong steps against female infanticide, child marriage, then why not this?”"

Time to Fulfill India's Dreams: PM Modi in I-Day Speech

In his Independence Day address, PM Narendra Modi said that 2014 to 2019 was a period of fulfillment of requirements of Indians but the period after 2019 is a period of “fulfillment of the aspirations of the countrymen.”

"“This is the time to think about the India of the 21st century and how the dreams of the people will be fulfilled.”" - PM Narendra Modi

Stand With Those Suffering From Floods, Says Modi

Acknowledging that many Indians are suffering due to floods in various parts of the country, the PM Narendra Modi said that he stands in “solidarity” with them.

"“India understands the important of water conservation and thus, a new ministry for Jal Shakti has been created. Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly.”" - PM Narendra Modi

Fulfilled Patel's Vision by Revoking Article 370: PM Modi

In his Independence Day address, PM Modi said that the government has fulfilled the vision of Sardar Patel by revoking Article 370 and 35A.

"“The new government has not completed even 10 weeks, but in this short span of time in every sector we have taken important steps. Article 370 and 35A being revoked is a step towards realizing the dream of Sardar Patel.”" - PM Narendra Modi

PM Addresses Nation From Red Fort on 73rd Independence Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, 15 August, addressed the country after hoisting the national flag at New Delhi’s Red Fort, on the occasion of India’s 73rd Independence Day.

Modi said that he saluted the freedom fighters and hoped for peace and growth of the nation.

He also wished people for Rakshabandan festival.

"“I congratulate all my brothers and sisters a very happy Rakshabandhan. May this festival of love fulfills all our aspirations.”" - PM Narendra Modi

PM Pays Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat

Ahead of his first speech after assuming office for the second time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.

PM Modi Wishes Happy Independence Day to Fellow Indians

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, 15 August, wished the nation a “happy Independence Day” ahead of his first speech in the second term of office.

3 Women IAF Officers to Assist PM During I-Day Celebrations

Three women IAF officers will assist PM Modi during Independence Day ceremony. Flying Officer Preetam Sangwan will assist the Prime Minister in unfurling of national flag, while Flt Lt Jyoti Yadav and Flt Lt Mansi Geda will be positioned on either side of the saluting dais for the PM.

Decision on J&K Will Benefit the People: Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day said that the recent changes made in Jammu and Kashmir will benefit the newly formed union territories and its people.

“I'm confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country,” he said.

“These include progressive, egalitarian laws and provisions related to RTE, accessing public information through RTI, reservations in education and employment and other facilities for deprived communities and justice for our daughters by abolishing unequal practices such as instant triple talaq,” he added.

President Kovind's Address to Nation on Independence Day Eve

President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day hailed the Modi government’s achievements.

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